The first edition of BookCon also hosted a special Q&A with the stars of the film.
Apparently the first ever BookCon, held in NYC over the weekend isn’t just limited to what its name would suggest. Case in point: Tina Fey, Jason Bateman and author Jonathan Topper dropping in to promote their upcoming film, This Is Where I Leave You. There is a tie-in, in that the film is based on the eponymous book by Topper. Both the novel and the film adaptation tell reunion tale of the Altman family.
Tina Fey and co. are currently promoting their latest flick, due out in September.
The members of the family are all dealing with their individual issues, when they are forced to reconnect after the death of their father and the family patriarch.
'Mean Girls' actor Daniel Franzese has come out in a touching and honest open letter.
So, it turns out that Mean Girls actor Daniel Franzese isn’t “too gay to function”, and FYI, he hates that saying too. The actor has written an eloquent open letter in which he publicly comes out of the closet. The letter comes a week prior to the 10th anniversary of the movie, in which he played Damian (cripes, has it really been 10 years?).
Franzese has written an open letter discussing his sexuality
The touching letter was published on Indiewire and was addressed from Franzese to his character Damian. The letter begins, “Dear Damian, It’s been a long time since our last encounter. Ten years to be exact. I was twenty-six; you were sixteen. You were proud of who you were; I was an insecure actor. You became an iconic character that people looked up to; I wished I’d had you as a role model when I was younger. It might have been easier to be gay growing up.”
We were just about due for another Fey/Poehler collaboration.
Some great news to get you through the hump today: Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are teaming up again in the big screen comedy The Nest. The comedy pair have worked together on various projects since the SNL days and are now taking the next logical step in their partnership – playing on-screen sisters. Poehler is in final negotiations with Universal, while Fey has officially signed on along with Pitch Perfect director Jason Moore. according to THR.
Fey and Poehler last teamed up to host the Golden Globes.
With a script by Paula Pell, the film tells the story of two 30-something sisters who come home to find their parents’ house has been put up for sale and then spend a last wild weekend together. It’s Pell’s feature film screenwriting debut. However, her connection to the comedy duo goes back a few years. Pell executive produced Universal’s This Is 40, as well as writing for Saturday Night Live.
Continue reading: Tina Fey And Amy Poehler Will Go Back To 'The Nest' In New Comedy
This sequel makes a sly nod at the adult viewers - several of them, in fact.
For a kids’ movie, The Muppets: Most Wanted has more than its fair share of decidedly adult jokes. Of course, it’s no surprise that a film starring top tier comedians like Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey would have a few jokes aimed at the grownups.
Kermit's back and he even has an evil doppleganger this time.
Those mainly consisted of a Russian gulag, looking just like you’d imagine a Russian gulag in an American film to look, and some running jokes about Europeans’ work habits and frequent vacations. The end of American diplomacy this certainly isn’t, but it’s more than just a fun-filled colorful romp for children. And definitely more complex than its 2011 predecessor.
Continue reading: "Muppets: Most Wanted" Isn't Just For Kids, Apparently
They're back! It's finally time for the Muppets' big week.
Muppets: Most Wanted is out in the US on Friday, so it might be time to talk about some of Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo and the rest of the gang’s latest adventures. In Muppets: Most Wanted, the fuzzy stars of the long-running franchise team up with the likes of Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais and Ty Burell on a cross-continental hunt for a high-profile jewel thief – who just happens to look a lot like Kermit the Frog.
So far, the critics are divided on Muppets: Most Wanted.
With two days left until the premiere, the movie is already a hit, as far as early reviews are concerned. Without going into too much spoiler-y detail, The Wrap’s review promises self aware jokes and absurdist plot twists – just what we’ve come to expect from the Muppets. It’s not a universal hit – THR’s review is one of a few negative ones, pegging MMW as “an oddly off-key follow-up to the generally amusing 2011 feature”.
The 43 year-old comedienne thinks she is not cut out to be the host of a talk-show: "I feel like I'd be too shy to talk to people every single day all day."
Unlike many of her former 'Saturday Night Live' co-stars, Tina Fey isn't planning on becoming a talk-show host anytime soon.
The 43 year-old previously hosted 'The Weekend Update' on SNL with Jimmy Fallon, who is now hosting 'The Tonight Show', but that is where Tina draws the line.
While talking to E!News earlier this week, the 'Mean Girls' actress revealed she doesn't think she is talented enough to attempt what Fallon and Seth Meyers have made work.
If you're not at South by Southwest, where are you? All the latest from the Texas festival.
South By Southwest In Full Swing: The annual Texas celebration of music, film and art has kicked off in Austin and is proving as successful and exciting as ever. As usual, the evening's music festival events have proven the most popular news stories worldwide, thanks to live streaming of some of the event's biggest shows. This week we've seen Brit rockers Coldplay take to a stripped-back stage to perform songs from upcoming album Ghost Stories, Lady Gaga get puked upon voluntarily in a stomach-churning finale and a 'Watch The Throne' reunion from world-conquering rappers Jay Z and Kanye West.
A 'Mean Girls' Musical?: Tina Fey has whipped her legion of Mean Girls fans into a frenzy this week after she ruled that there would be no official sequel to her oft-quoted 2004 teen classic. However, she did throw us a bone when she revealed that she and her composer husband are developing a stage musical based on the comedy. As the film's 10 year anniversary creeps into view this could be the perfect way to celebrate. Find out more here.
Muppets Most Wanted and Need For Speed premiere in L.A., while Veronica Mars opts for Austin and Noah holds its world premiere in Mexico City. Captain America: The Winter Soldier wows critics, and new clips promise laughs in Chef and eye-catching action in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. And five actors contend to be Star Wars' new hero...
Two new films held their premieres in Hollywood this week. Muppets Most Wanted's world premiere was attended by stars Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Kermit and Miss Piggy. Meanwhile, Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper and Imogen Poots walked the red carpet for Need for Speed, which also hits cinemas this weekend. Take a look at photos from the colorful if not slightly odd 'Muppets Most Wanted' Premiere. Or the marginally more grown up premiere for 'Need for Speed' and you can read the 'Need for Speed' Movie Review here.
Following its world premiere at the South by South West Festival, Veronica Mars also held red carpet premieres in Hollywood and New York with Kristen Bell and the cast. You can see the 'Veronica Mars' cast have their selfie game on point at SXSW for the premiere. Or you can read our 'Veronica Mars' Movie review here. And in Mexico City, Darren Aronofsky turned up with cast members Jennifer Connelly, Logan Lerman and Douglas Booth for the world premiere of his new film Noah, which also released a new extended trailer ahead of its release in two weeks. Here the detail on the 'Noah' movie making first waves in mexico despite religious controversy. And here's that 'Noah' extended trailer.
The 'Mean Girls' actress and writer hasn't got a sequel in the pipeline.
Tina Fey has put a stop to all the Mean Girls sequel rumours that have been circulating lately, saying that a follow-up to the oft-quoted 2004 teen hit is out of the question. Fans are largely split between two camps: those who would love to see a sequel with Lindsay Lohan and the original crew, and those who think another film would be laboured, unnecessary and run the risk of damaging the appeal of its predecessor.
Tina Fey Has Shot Down Rumours Of A 'Mean Girls' Sequel.
Fey and Lohan appeared on Jimmy Fallon's first episode of The Tonight Show last month where they addressed the calls for more Means Girls action. The 30 Rock star said that whilst there was an argument for temporarily reuniting the cast - 19th April will mark the film's 10 year anniversary - there was little chance that any plans would be made for another film.
Possible "Mean Girls" reunion in the works to celebrate the film's 10th anniversary.
Lindsay Lohan is currently making the rounds to various talk shows promoting her upcoming docu-series scheduled to premiere on the OWN network. The troubled actress stopped by the "Jimmy Fallon" show and mentioned that there is a possible "Mean Girls" reunion in the works.
Lindsay Lohan appeared on the "Jimmy Fallon" show.
TMZ has reported that speculation about the "Mean Girls" reunion talks have been going on for weeks. The possibility of the girls coming together again has created a buzz throughout social media. Teens are looking forward to seeing what the girls will do next. Hopefully, this isn't just talk, but will actually happen in the near future. It promises to be another a positive publicity moment for Lindsay.
Continue reading: Lindsay Lohan Hints At Talks With Tina Fey About "Mean Girls" Reunion
The lucky Miss Piggy will wear a bespoke Vivienne Westwood dress on her big day.
Vivienne Westwood has designed a custom wedding dress of porcine proportions for Miss Piggy. The star of The Muppets will wear the stunning white gown when she finally weds the love of her life, Kermit the Frog, at the iconic Tower of London in the upcoming movie.
Miss Piggy Will Wed Kermit The Frog In This Stunning, Bespoke Vivienne Westwood Gown.
The British designer was commissioned to create a unique gown in a romantic style fitting for the high-maintenance diva. Westwood and her team certainly excelled on the brief, designing an extravagant Long Ivory Court wedding gown, with corset detailing and paillettes made from recycled plastic bottles, and accessorised with an elegant ivory tulle veil.
Continue reading: Vivienne Westwood Designs Miss Piggy's Wedding Dress, And It's Fabulous
Who's making the rounds at this year's NY Fashion Week.
Fashion Week is in full swing, so as per tradition, everyone is looking to the front row at fashion shows as much as the runway. For a while now, the front row has been the place to be seen, not just to see next season’s looks. So it’s about time for a round-up of this year’s most fashion-conscious celebrities.
Robb might play an 80s suburban teen on television, but her style definitely wasn't left behind.
The Rebecca Minkoff show on Friday attracted a whole host of Millenial Hollywood starlets. Anna Kendrick sat next to Carrie Underwood, who sat next to The Carrie Diaries star AnaSophia Robb, who sat next to Girls star Zosia Mamet. In short, it was like a nominees list for a Teen Choice award. Apparently, after taking fashion blogs by storm, Rebecca Minkoff is now steadily conquering young Hollywood as well. And with a collection dominated by short skirts, school girl inspired uniform dresses and uber-trendy dark makeup looks, it’s no surprise that the show appears to the younger crowd.
Continue reading: Fashion Week Front Row: Why The Best Seats Go To The A-Listers
Seinfeld is set to launch the new season of his original talk show.
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee might sound like the name of a not-very-exciting viral video, but it is in fact Jerry Seinfeld’s own talk show. It is coincidentally a web series, which does exactly what it says on the tin – it’s an hour of Seinfeld and a fellow comedian riding around, drinking coffee and being (hopefully) very entertaining. The format was inspired by an episode of his infamous 90s sitcom. In the episode in question, Jerry’s pal George decided success might await him if he lived his failed life in the opposite manner.
Seinfeld wanted to put a new spin on the classic talk show format.
“That,” recalls Seinfeld in a recent interview, “gave me the idea to create a talk show that was the opposite of the typical show. “With a typical talk show,” he explains via the Sun Times, “you have to go to a studio. You have to tell them in advance what you’re going to talk about. You have to dress up. You have to put on makeup. It’s very, very organized.
Continue reading: Jerry Seinfeld Grabs Coffee, With Comedians, For Online Talk Show
The Muppets sequel promises to be as brilliant as the first.
The full length trailer has just been released for The Muppets Most Wanted and boy, it looks like a thrill ride of a movie. The sequel to 2011's hugely successful The Muppets will see the furry gang plus some high-profile actors unite to take Kermit and Co. on a globe-trotting, crime-solving trip around the world.
Kermit...Or The Evil Constantine?
Filmed at London's Pinewood Studios, the plot follows Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Animal and friends as they bask in the flow of their successful theatre tour. Things are peachy for the team until Kermit's evil doppelganger Constantine and his sneaky sidekick steal priceless jewels and the real Kermit becomes embroiled in a potentially career-destroying jewellery heist.
Fey's name was enough.
It doesn’t have a name yet, the episodes haven’t been written, and there won’t be a pilot episode, but NBC have gone ahead and ordered a 13 episode season. Why? Well, because Tina Fey is involved.
Her, and 30 Rock writer Robert Carlock's involvement in the project were enough for NBC, who made the unusual step of giving the show the go-ahead without testing out a pilot episode.
"Tina and Robert, who cemented their partnership on 30 Rock, have created a new signature comedy for us that is audacious, emotional, and clever,” said Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, according to AUNews.
Continue reading: NBC Greenlight Tina Fey Sitcom... Because It's A Tina Fey Sitcom
The NBC vehicle is a joint effort from Fey, Ellie Kemper and producer Robert Carlock
Tina Fey has been handed a follow-up series to 30 Rock, with NBC handing her a deal to begin working on an all new series alongside her 30 Rock co-producer Robert Carlock. The comedy pairing have been handed a 13-episode straight-to-series order for a whole new premise, one that stars The Office actress Ellie Kemper.
Kemper (L) will star in the upcoming Tina Fey (R) series
The show, which is currently untitled still, follows Kemper as she frees herself a doomsday cult and begins life anew in New York City. The series falls in line with Fey's four year contract with Universal Television (who are producing) and will be co-written and run by Fey and Carlock, with the pair also serving as executive producers. Fey's long-time manager David Miner will also serve as an executive producer, and Little Stranger will be producing the series alongside Universal.
NBC have ordered thirteen episodes of a new comedy series written and produced by '30 Rock' Alumni Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. The series, due to air next Autumn, will star Ellie Kemper of 'The Office'.
Ellie Kemper will return to our televisions in a new sitcom. The Office actress will be the star of a new comedy written and produced by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. The 30 Rock alumni will return to NBC next Autumn.
Tina Fey will produce and write the new sitcom.
NBC have ordered thirteen episodes from Fey and Carlock which will centre on Kemper. Few details of the plot have been revealed as yet although, according to reports in Entertainment Weekly, Kemper stars as a woman who "escapes from a doomsday cult and starts life over in New York City."
Continue reading: NBC Order Sitcom From Tina Fey, Starring Ellie Kemper
Fey teams up with 30 Rock's Robert Carlock to give birth to a new show.
Is there any comedy actress in Hollywood more in demand than Ms. Tina Fey right now? The Mean Girls writer and actress has not only been booked for another two years hosting the Golden Globes with bestie and fellow actress Amy Poehler, but she's also made her triumphant return to hosting SNL and has now seen her newly devised comedy show greenlit by NBC. Not to mention winning an Emmy award along the way.
Tina Fey's New Comedy Is Greenlit.
The new series will apparently star The Office's Ellie Kemper and will be written and produced by Fey as well as 30 Rock's Robert Carlock, reports The Hollywood Reporter. NBC have ordered 13 straight-to-series episodes of the new comedy which is set to air in Autumn 2014. The series will feature a woman, played by Kemper, who "escapes from a doomsday cult and starts life over in New York City."
Continue reading: New Tina Fey Ellie Kemper Comedy Series Greenlit By NBC
The star of 'The Carol Burnett Show' awed all present at the Kennedy Center...some more than others.
Legendary actress Carol Burnett has received the prestigious honour of the Mark Twain Award for American Humor: the USA's most coveted comedy award given to those who have made a significant contribution to humor. The 80 year-old singer and performer held her own CBS variety show, The Carol Burnett Show, for 11 years and became recognisable for pulling her ear at the end of a performance.
Carol Burnett Has Been Honored With The Coveted Mark Twain Award.
"I'm overwhelmed, totally overwhelmed," Burnett emphasises ahead of the award ceremony, via Reuters. "I just hope after tonight they'll knock me down a few pegs because I think I'm getting a really big head."
The comediennes will return to hosting duties for at least the next two years.
Television comedy supremoes Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have signed up to host the annual Golden Globe Awards not just next year, but the year after that too, announces The Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The talented duo hosted the 2013 Golden Globe Awards to much acclaim and calls for the SNL alumni to be given another shot at hosting.
Tina & Amy Proved A Popular Choice This Year.
Their popularity at this year's awards is a key factor cited in the ceremony's ratings success with the biggest Golden Globes ratings in six years in both the 18-49 demographic and total viewers, meaning the show was also the second highest-rated Golden Globes in nine years.
Continue reading: Tina Fey & Amy Poehler To Host Next TWO Golden Globe Awards
Fey and Poehler will return for the 2014 Golden Globes, but Fey doesn't fancy an Oscars gig.
According to popular opinion, the powerhouse comedy duo of Amy Poehler and Tina Fey did a fantastic job of hosting the Golden Globes. Fortunately the women, who coined the lyrics “I dreamed a dream of dadada/And then I went to make a sandwich” and the “Neil Patrick Harris, take off your pants!” sketch, have been approached for another turn at the event and have even been invited back for a third time in 2015, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The ladies will be back at the 2014 and 2015 Golden Globes.
As for hosting the Oscars, however, that’s a whole other story. In a recent interview, Fey spoke about what is arguably the biggest, most publicized award show in the business, to the effect that she and Poehler would not be interested due to the more restrictive nature of the Oscars. It is a widely known fact that the Golden Globes give their hosts, as well as the writers, a higher degree of creative freedom. In fact, for the 2013 Golden Globe, Fey and Poehler brought in a team of writers and actors, who made the entire affair resemble a Saturday Night Live reunion, enlisting Seth Meyers, writer Robert Carlock (who also worked with Fey as showrunner on "30 Rock") and "Saturday Night Live" producer Mike Shoemaker for help.
Could anyone else live up to Fey and Poehler other than... Fey and Poehler?
Two of the biggest voices in modern comedy have landed another two slots at one of the biggest award ceremonies in the business. Having successfully helmed the Golden Globes, Tina Fey and are set to do it again, and again!
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have enjoyed a fruitful comedy partnership
"Tina and Amy are two of the most talented comedic writer/performers in our business and they were a major reason the Golden Globes was the most entertaining awards show of last season," said Paul Telegdy, president, Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment. "We're elated they wanted to host together again and that they committed for the next two years."
It was a star-studded season premiere at the start of SNL's 39th year on screen.
Last night saw the season premiere of SNL and with Tina Fey hosting, Arcade Fire as the musical guest, six new castmembers and even a cameo from Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul, it couldn’t have been any better. Fey used her opening monologue to “initiate” the six new actors, in a bit, which left them stripped down to some golden lame underwear, much like what a college frat initiation, we’d imagine. Besides hosting, SNL veteran Fey also featured in several sketches, including spot-on send up of HBO's "Girls" where she played a new addition to the cast, an Albanian immigrant named Blerta, an obligatory bit of air travel humor with a sketch about boarding airplanes and a dark and sarcastic used-car commercial from the 1920s.
Fresh off her delightful Emmy appearance, Fey returned to her old home at SNL.
Of course, Arcade Fire weren’t left out of the fun either. A brilliant bit, in which Fey attempted to tell the difference between AF and the new castmembers killed two birds with one stone – continuing the roast of the newbies and also making good use of the musical guests’ hidden acting talents. Of course, they also did that music thing they were there to do and performed three whole songs off their upcoming album Reflektor, due to be released next month.
NPH's opening speech definitely held a few surprises, but not from whom you'd expect.
The Emmys came and went and brought with them a plethora of funny, embarrassing and just plain meh moments. Neil Patrick Harris’ opening speech never fails to win a few laughs, as it did again this time, but it was really the golden duo – Tina Fey and Amy Poehler – who stole the show. About five minutes into Harris’ speech, Poehler and Fey, clearly inspired by recent events at the VMAs began hollering at the host. But of course, the bit – hilarious in our humble opinion - didn’t come without some proper build-up.
Though the stage was populated by men, it was the ladies who mostly dominated the opening bit.
Two things became clear during Harris’ showdown with a flock of past Emmy presenters – Jane Lynch, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and of course, the omniscient Conan O’Brian. Number one: in 2013 more than ever, broadcast television has some major competition in the media landscape and two: everyone is perfectly aware. While the presenters battled it out on stage, in the audience, Kevin Spacey turned to the camera for his own nefarious monologue.
The video for 'Reflektor' was released on Monday, with the album artwork and further details on their fourth album emerging later that day
Arcade Fire are back with a whole heap of new material and album details to share with the ever-loving fans, with the band beginning to slowly leak more and more information about Reflektor over the course of 9 September. First we got the single and video for 'Reflektor,' then the news that Reflektor will be the name of the next album, and most recently we learned that it would be a double album, whilst also being treated to the artwork for the album. Monday was a good day.
Frontman Win Butler will return with his bandmates next month
The Anton Corbijn-directed video for the first track from the album, which features someone with an uncannily similar voice to David Bowie appearing mid-way through, began the torrent of AF album news that flooded newsfeeds across the web yesterday, and soon more and more information about the album was being revealed over the course of the day. The band's online store was updated to feature an album image baring Renaissance sculptor Auguste Rodin's marble imagining of Orpheus and Eurydice, which we asume is the official artwork for the album. The online store where the artwork was found also seemed to reveal that the upcoming fourth release from the Canadian band will be a double album too.
Comedienne Tina Fey arrives outside the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York for her appearance on 'The Late Show With David Letterman'. She appears to gesture to the paparazzi to wait a minute as she goes indoors. She is then seen posing for photos in a smart pencil skirt and white vest ensemble as she leaves for her car. She is then seen talking on her phone while in the passenger seat as the driver pulls away.
Tina Fey talks about the burglar who stole her jokes and her potentially sociopathic toddler on 'The Late Show with David Letterman'.
The comedienne explained on 'The Late Show With David Letterman' that she believes one of the people who helped move all the belongings from her and her staff's offices in Queens to her new one in Manhattan, whisked her laptop away while they were signing for a delivery.
'They were like, 'Oh, you gotta come down to sign the thing'', she said, appearing suspicious about the situation from the start. 'New York's a big city and you're like, some guy stole my jokes!' She added, revealing that all her work ideas were saved on the machine. As proof that there had been a burglary, Tina released a surveillance tape showing someone leaving the building with the laptop in a large envelope.
Continue reading: Tina Fey Unveils Tape Exposing Office Laptop Thief On 'David Letterman'
Stallone makes surprising announcements about the third Expendables romp, and we get more details on films about Princess Diana, Steve Jobs and the White House butler. But the Muppets are the Most Wanted...
The big news this week was that Harrison Ford will join the Expendables for their third film adventure. Sylvester Stallone tweeted the announcement, then went on to mention that Bruce Willis won't be around this time, apparently because he asked for too much money. Stallone was also caught on camera poking fun at Arnold Schwarzenegger's "big ego". Before they re-team for the next Expendables movie, they're costarring in the prison-break thriller Escape Plan. Watch Sly talking about Arnie at Comic Con here.
The next big superhero blockbuster will be Thor: The Dark World, and we got a more detailed look at the film in a new trailer this week. Pretty much everyone is back, including Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba and Stellan Skarsgard. The movie looks like a huge-scale action adventure with a sense of humour about it. It opens in October. Watch the trailer for Thor: The Dark World here.
The Muppets will be back in 2014. Here's some stills and the exciting teaser trailer to keep you going.
The release date may be a year away but The Muppets have dropped a new trailer to their upcoming, globe-trotting sequel, Muppets Most Wanted.
The one minute-long teaser trailer gives a glimpse of the glam and razzmatazz we can expect from the team. We're given hints of Ricky Gervais', P Diddy, Ty Burrell and Tina Fey's characters. We see the latter as a strict Russian war camp commander with a penchant for disco dancing which will certainly make for exciting and hilarious viewing.
Muppets Most Wanted Is Set To Raise The Roof For The Second Time.
The Muppets are going on a Euro trip in this one.
“The Muppets have always been about artistic integrity, not cheap tricks,” says Kermit in the first trailer for the original Muppets movie. He had a point then and it still stands now; Ty Burell, Tina Fey and Ricky Gervais – some of the most unexpected casting choices for this kind of film – definitely aren’t cheap. The producers even somehow managed to get Tom Hiddleston on the cast list, making this possibly the first Muppets movie to be watched by squealing teenage and 20-something fangirls (we assume).
Check out the teaser below.
A year of surprise contenders alongside old favorites.
Emmy nominations are in and with that the season for speculation is open. There’s no question about one thing though: for a newcomer, Netflix is taking the awards by storm. Although the major networks are welcoming the two productions by the online TV provider – Arrested Development and House of Cards, there’s no doubt that Netflix’s move on the original programming market should be making traditional media giants just a tiny bit nervous. But what exactly are the Netflix shows nominated for? Well, they got the big ones, for Lead Actor, Actress and Directing in a Drama Series and of course, for Outstanding Drama Series overall. Arrested Development also received a big nod, with Jason Bateman being nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.
Bateman is getting some recognition this year.
Fans of shows generally underappreciated by awards committees, such as Parks & Rec, for example, also have a reason to celebrate. Amy Poehler was nominated for Lead in a comedy, as was Tina Fey for the now cancelled 30 Rock. Behind the Candelabra is ahead of the pack, while HBO’s Game of Thrones and FX’s American Horror Story: Asylum follow close behind. Mad Men is also bowing out on a high note, with several nominations, before it returns in the fall for one final season.
Continue reading: What Do The Emmy Nominations Tell Us About The 2013 TV Landscape?
The Primetime Emmy Award Nominations will be announced on Thursday 18th July. Netflix's 'Arrested Development' is a likely contender. 'The Americans'; 'Breaking Bad' and 'Scandal' are also likely candidates.
The Primetime Emmy Award nominations will be announced on Thursday (18th July). Speculation surrounding the awards is high, with Netflix's Arrested Development predicted to triumph. The awards will be announced by Kate Mara and Aaron Paul.
Aaron Paul will announce the nominations on Thursday.
Game Of Thrones is also suspected as a strong contender in the category of Best Drama Series. Homeland who won a number of awards last year is predicted to flop owing to its disappointing second series.
Tina Fey and Paul Rudd: too good for Admission?
We’re not sure exactly how long Paul Rudd and Tina Fey spent making Admission but the general consensus is that both stars could have spent their time much better elsewhere. The comedy, about a college admissions officer and her annual recruitment drive (plus, of course, an underlying story of the curveballs that life throws us on our unending quest for happiness), hasn’t gone down well with the critics and it looks as though Admission is going to sink without a trace.
It all looked so good on paper. Fey is flavour of the month, especially since her Golden Globes stint with Amy Poehler went so well; Paul Rudd is also always a popular choice and the movie’s directed by Academy Award nominated director Paul Weitz, the man responsible for About A Boy. The reality, though, was a paper-thin movie that simply couldn’t get the best out of its two co-stars. “ I'd see Tina Fey and Paul Rudd in anything, but this is pushing it. Admission is so slight that a breeze could flatten it,” wrote Peter Travers of Rolling Stone magazine, whilst Mary F Pois described it as “Another formulaic spin on Hollywood's 21st century discovery, the mom-rom-com, with its disagreeable underlying messages about women, careers and motherhood,” in TIME magazine.
It’s not all bad for Fey and Rudd, though they do appear to have wasted their talents on this movie, somewhat. It seems that they are “fun to watch” (New York Times) but on this occasion, it’s just not enough to get the plaudits rolling in.
Comic actress can do no wrong... but has she faltered with new movie?
There’s been a whole bunch of buzz around Tina Fey’s new movie, Admission. Right now, Fey is one of those comedians that can do no wrong, it seems. Her Golden Globes presenting stint with Amy Poehler went down a storm and had many viewers crying out for her to take on the Oscars, too. So surely, her new movie Admission (filmed between the penultimate and the last season of her hit comedy 30 Rock), co-starring Paul Rudd, will also be a huge hit, right?
Not if the critics have anything to do with it, it seems. Admission premiered on March 6, 2013 in New York City and thus far, it has garnered far less critical acclaim that we expected. Tina Fey CAN do wrong, it would appear. The comic tale, focused on Fey’s character Portia, a university admissions officer has ben dismissed by Variety’s reviewer Peter Debruge, who writes “What appears on paper to be an ideal three-dimensional, morally complex role for the quick-witted comedienne backfires in practice, relying on Fey to be funny in a movie that works better serious.” Similarly, Todd McCarthy of Hollywood Reporter writes “the misguided central characters emerge, in the end, as less likeable than they ought to be.”
It remains to be seen whether the likeable nature of the actors themselves will be enough to carry this comedy through the negative press reception. Fey will be hoping that she can pull off the same feat as Melissa McCarthy, whose comedy Identity Thief recently defied a raft of negative reviews to hit the top spot in the box office chart.
Continue reading: Admission Of Defeat? Tina Fey, Paul Rudd New Movie Looks Likely To Flop
Chelsea Handler mocked Taylor Swift for dating so many men and commented that the singer is "probably a virgin" during a recent interview.
The ladies of Hollywood – or some of them anyway – seem to be unusually interested in one topic lately – Taylor Swift’s love life.
After Tina Fey and Amy Poehler sent a couple of jabs her way during their turn hosting the Golden Globes, Swift took offence and commented with the infamous Madeline Albright quote “There’s a special place in hell, reserved for women who don’t help other women”.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler don't seem too bothered that they have ruffled Taylor Swift's feathers
Taylor Swift may have thought she was being smart when she quoted Katie Couric, in a Vanity Fair interview, saying “there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.” That was pretty smart, but Taylor will never be as smart as Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the women that she was directing it at. Not only are Pohler and Fey, no doubt, every inch the feminist that Taylor is, but they’re a whole lot smarter and funnier; that’s why they’re two of America’s most revered comedians right now. And that’s why everyone fell about laughing at their Golden Globes dig at Taylor Swift.
Taylor Swift did not take kindly to Tina Fey and Amy Pohler mocking her love life at the Golden Globes
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Questions for Tina Fey were solely concerned with Taylor Swift's Vanity Fair comments
A beaming Tina Fey rocked up to the Admission premiere with her co-star Paul Rudd with the words of Taylor Swift ringing in her ear, but the co-host of this year’s Golden Globes didn’t seem to mind the comments made by the pop star as she dazzled on the red carpet, in fact she was pretty dismissive of them.
Admission comes out in the US on March 22, 2013 and the great and good were gathered in New York to witness its premiere. The film is a comedy surrounding a Princeton admissions officer who is up for a major promotion but ends up bumping into a child who might possibly be the same one she gave up years ago for secret adoption.
There were plenty of questions about the film itself, but there were also those eager to see what Fey thought, after Taylor Swift had attacked hers and Amy Poehler’s joke at the Golden Globes about Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow’s marriage to James Cameron.
Continue reading: Tina Fey Dazzles At 'Admission' New York Premiere
Tina Fey will not helm the Oscars in 2014, despite overwhelming public support.
The comedienne told Letterman that she had a 'sweatpants mandatory Oscars party' but admitted that while she enjoyed watching it, she wasn't willing to host the show at any point despite having hosted the Golden Globes ceremony earlier this year with her 'Mean Girls' and 'Baby Mama' co-star Amy Poehler. 'I'll tell you what - for a woman, just the amount of dresses that you would have to try on. It's a dealbreaker. I'm out', she told Letterman, reiterating what she first told Huffington Post in an interview after the ceremony.
Asked how she felt about William Shatner's comment that she and Amy should 'host everything', she told the publication 'It's an honor to be 'Shatnered' before explaining, 'I just feel like that gig is so hard. Especially for, like, a woman - the amount of months that would be spent trying on dresses alone ... no way.' Even after she was asked if there was any possibility at all, she was quick to disappoint her interviewer. 'I wish I could tell you there was', she said.
Comedian Tina Fey has given a definite 'no' to hosting the 2014 Oscars
Is that Tina Fey ‘No Way’ to the Oscars response really any surprise? After seeing the trashing that Seth Macfarlane received in the press following his Oscars presenting stint on Sunday (February 24, 2013), we wouldn’t want the job next year either! After all, Tina Fey is hardly known for doing things by the book and it’s just as likely that any jokes the 30 Rock star would come up with would be likely to offend the majority of the often-stuffy Academy audience, so the comedian has said in no uncertain terms that she does not wish to take on the job next year.
Tina Fey and her comic pal Amy Poehler did, however, host the Golden Globes and a cracking job they made of it, too. In fact, almost as soon as the Globes were over, everybody’s heads turned sharply towards Seth Macfarlane, with one eyebrow raised, as if to say… ‘come on Seth, let’s see you beat those ladies.’ He couldn’t, alas, but Fey doesn’t seem keen to play one-upmanship with her own reputation when it comes to the job of hosting awards. Speaking to Huffington Post, Fey said “I just feel like that gig is so hard. Especially for, like, a woman -- the amount of months that would be spent trying on dresses alone ... no way.”
Surely there must be some kind of official petition we can sign to get Poehler and Fey on board for next year’s Academy Awards? We can’t think of anyone better right now and we think it’s safe to say Seth won’t be asked back.
For some time, it looked as though Melissa McCarthy was on track to follow the likes of Kristen Wiig and Tina Fey, to becoming one of those faultless American comic actresses that can seemingly do no wrong. We fell in love with her in Bridesmaids and she kept us entertained in 'Mike and Molly'. Her next major release, though, Identity Thief, has not gone down well with the critics and looks to be something of a doozy, with its clichéd slapstick and corny ending. We expected more from Melissa McCarthy, but Identity Thief just doesn’t deliver the goods.
Along with co-star Jason Bateman (who plays Every Jason Bateman Role Ever, Again), Melissa manages to get a decent tally of belly laughs out of the audience but it’s not enough to save Identity Thief from being just another bog-standard comedy. Diana (McCarthy) is a techno-savvy identity thief, who doesn’t bank on messing with a victim like Sandy (Bateman), who hunts her down in order to get his identity back and cling on the promotion he’d just got when he was wrongly arrested for credit card fraud.
McCarthy and Bateman get a thumbs up for their individual performances but as Magnola Dhargis writes, for New York Times, “it is entirely possible to ignore the worst parts of this movie, to drift along during the lulls, slide over the half-baked jokes and just wait for Ms. McCarthy and Mr. Bateman to do their things.” With a disappointing 23% on the Rotten Tomatoes reviews site, it looks as though director Seth Gordon has failed to make another Horrible Bosses and appears to have gone down the road of his 2008 flop, Four Christmasses. Let’s hope McCarthy’s future movie plans can do a U-turn on the damage done to her reputation, here.
Fear not, those mourning the end of 30 Rock – which ended on television screens last night – the series will live on in frozen dessert-based form! That’s right, the world famous Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, which is famous for making unique flavors based on celebrity types, has named one of their flavors after one of the show’s characters Liz Lemon.
Lemon is played by Tina Fey, and she becomes the latest comedian to have her name honored in frozen food form by B&J’s, after Stephen Colbert’s Americone Dream, Jimmy Fallon’s Late Night Snack and Monty Python’s Vermonty Python. Anyway, forget all that, the real question is what’s gone into this Liz Lemon? Well, from Fox’s report it sounds pretty delicious, the character’s ice cream reportedly being a Greek frozen yoghurt with a blueberry lavender swirl. Amazing.
Fey isn’t the first 30 Rock star who’s seen her character immortalized in sub-zero temperatures. Alec Baldwin was lucky enough to have a flavor named after him by the ice cream giants, although he didn’t exactly set the benchmark for success. The general public were understandably put off by the title of his Jack Donaghy pint last year; it’s name? Schweddy Balls. Oh dear.
"It's a tip of the hat to the old-school crime capers of the '60s, but featuring a frog, a pig, a bear and a dog - no panthers, even pink ones - along with the usual Muppet-y mix of mayhem, music and laughs," the film's director James Bobin said in a statement. Gervais will play the sidekick to villain Constantine; Fey will assume the role of prison guard Nadya. And Modern Family actor Ty Burrell will play an Interpol agent. Sounds like fun. The Hollywood studio in charge, Walt Disney, said "The Muppets ... Again!," a follow-up to "The Muppets," is set to be released in theatres on March 21, 2014.
Bret McKenzie will once again be on musical duties - he won an Oscar for his song 'Man or Muppet' for the last film. 'The Muppets' made more than $100 million at the global box office, so the sequel will have a lot to live up to, but given the popularity of the characters, and the star-added value in Gervais, Fey and Burrell, we're sure it'll trump all Muppet records.
After Tina Fey mocked Taylor Swift at the Golden Globes, is she worried that Taylor will write one of her trademark cutting songs about her? “I hope so,” Fey told Access Hollywood, “I would love it!” She insists that she meant no harm to Taylor, either. “I just feel like it was just a little joke, like two of your aunts, two of your old lady aunts teasing you at the Thanksgiving table, that’s all it was.”
Fey was speaking at the Screen Actors Guild awards, where she took home a trophy for Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In a Comedy Series, for 30 Rock. Fey told Access Hollywood that she was glad to be out celebrating with her 30 Rock crew, before the show ends, saying “Our whole ensemble’s here and our show’s ending this Thursday, so this is our, maybe our last trip out all together, so we’re just so thrilled to be here.” The series finale of the NBC show will be aired this week.
No doubt it was easier for Fey to be on the receiving end of the award, than taking on the more challenging task of hosting the Golden Globes, which she did with aplomb, alongside her sidekick Amy Poehler. When asked if she would take the role on again, she said “Oh my gosh, we’ll see, we’ll see. It certainly was fun, we did have a good time. We’ll see, we’ll see if they want us back.”
Continue reading: Will Taylor Swift Ever, Ever Ever Write A Song About Tina Fey?
30 Rock probably just about took the spoils in the TV categories of the Screen Actors Guild Awards, with both Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin taking gongs for their respective performances in the comedy; Downton Abbey took a major award in scooping Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, and there was also a Lifetime Achievement Honor for Diagnosis Murder man Dick Van Dyke.
Michael J Fox and Taylor Swift are unlikely to be sharing any cosy family get-togethers any time soon. After Tina Fey mocked Taylor’s recent string of short-lived romances, at the Golden Globes last weekend (January 13, 2013), by saying “Taylor Swift, you stay away from Michael J Fox’s son,” Fox senior told Vulture that he’s really not keen on the idea of his son, Sam Michael Fox dating Taylor Swift.
Speaking at a book party for Ann Leary’s The Good House, Fox was asked what he thought about the idea of Taylor dating his son and he replied “No. No ... Just back off… I don’t keep up with it all," he said. "But Taylor Swift writes songs about everybody she goes out with, right?" Right! "What a way to build a career.” When asked what he’d do if she turned up at a family dinner, he replied “I wouldn’t even know who she was.” Ouch. Bit of a blow for one of the biggest stars on the planet. It seems as though Taylor Swift’s reputation for getting through men and trashing them in song form is getting bigger than her bank balance.
Tina Fey joked that Taylor needed a bit of “me time,” to get to know herself a little better again. And you know what? We think she might have a point. Taylor recently had a very brief fling with One Direction’s Harry Styles and before that, it was Conor Kennedy. And before that? Listen, we could be here for days. At least Sam Michael Fox is off the list though, thanks to his dad.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were widely hailed as successful hosts of last night’s Golden Globes, keeping it clean but funny. So much so that it caused the Guardian to remark that it was something of a ground-breaking moment in awards history. “Something rather important happened last night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Something groundbreaking. Something record-setting,” they wrote. “Tina Fey and Amy Poehler proved that hosts of an awards ceremony can actually be funny.” Now, of course, all eyes are turning to Seth Macfarlane, who – somehow – has to try and do the same at the Oscars. No pressure, there Seth… no pressure.
MacFarlane was clearly taking notes last night, ahead of his Oscars moment and he was quick with the praise for the duo. “Please give Tina and Amy high marks because they did great,” he told the press and explained that he’s well aware of the pressure that he’s under, as the Oscars host and said “Oscars hosts always get thrashed.” Of course, Tina and Amy had the benefit, you could argue, of having each other to bounce off and work with. Seth won’t have the luxury of a comedy partner but what he will have is the eyes of the world upon him. The Golden Globes are a mere precursor to the international weight of the Oscars.
Poehler and Fey were careful not to cause the kind of barrel-scraping outrage that Ricky had done before them and it seems that the raciest thy got with their jokes was probably in relation to Kathryn Bigelow, when Fey said “I haven't been following the controversy about 'Zero Dark Thirty,' but when it comes to torture, I'll trust the lady who was married to James Cameron for three years.” They ended the evening by announcing that they were going home with Jodie Foster who had just been on the stage confirming that, as the world kind of knew anyway, she was definitely gay. If we were Seth MacFarlane, we’d be worried; seems like Amy and Tina got to all the good jokes first, huh?
Though the Oscars is undoubtedly the big one, there’s traditionally been a lot of love for the Golden Globes among the Hollywood fraternity, with the event being seen as a generally looser, less formal affair than its prestigious counterpart – even if the actors have had to cope with the barbs of Ricky Gervais in recent years. The jibes still came from Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, but they were delivered with far more good grace than those thrown by the British comic.
Continue reading: The Golden Globes 2013: Who Were The Winners And Losers?
They were big on jokes and low on facts but we guess that’s what you’d expect from comedy’s leading ladies. According to USA Today, the conference was more like a stand-up routine than your average promotional chat but it certainly makes for entertaining reading.
When they were asked how their background in improv will come in handy during the broadcast, Tina answered “If a drunk person wanders onstage, we'll know how to handle it” and when they were pitted against each other to see who was asked to do the job first, Poehler answered “One of us and the car from Transformers,” whilst Fey backed her up by saying “there was not a door large enough in the venue to get the car in there.” Their casual approach to their hosting gig continued when they were grilled about how much preparation they’d put into it, with Fey saying “we just a really long nap and now we’re, ‘Oh my God, it’s Sunday.’”
Former Saturday Night Live-ers Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will helm the third biggest night (according to viewing figures) in the film calendar, as they aim to be less offensive but just as memorable as Ricky Gervais when they host The Golden Globes.
Talking to The Hollywood Reporter about saying yes to The Globes as opposed to other ceremonies, Fey passed the buck to Poehler, saying, "Well, Amy, you've been asked to perform at the Super Bowl a bunch of times."
Picking up the baton, Amy concurred, "That's right. But I told them my show is too big for that venue. And I was actually one of the people carrying stuff at the Olympics Opening Ceremony, but nobody noticed. [Laughs.] No, we've fortunately been to a few of these awards show things now, and we've had some fun while we were there. And then the Golden Globes is just quirky and weird enough, I think that it's up our alley."
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The Hollywood Reporter have exclusively announced that Tina Fey is eyeing up a role in the new Muppets movie sequel. Just days before she’s due to host The Golden Globes with Amy Poehler, it’s been revealed that Fey is a likely contender to star alongside Ricky Gervais in the part-puppet, part-human caper.
The sources that revealed the news to The Hollywood Reporter did not give away the details of the script, which will be kept under wraps a little while longer, but the character descriptions have given away hints of a ‘caper,’ it seems. Tina Fey will play a Russian gulag prison guard, apparently, if the deal gets the go-ahead. Meanwhile, Ty Burrell, the Modern Family star will also have a role in the movie, as a lazy Interpol inspector. James Bobin and Nicholas Stoller, are co-writing the script and David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are back in production roles, hoping to recapture the success of the 2011 movie starring Amy Adams and Jason Segel.
Tina Fey, known for her work on TV comedies such as 30 Rock, last featured in a movie in 2010, when she starred in Date Night. She’s also due to star in Admission, alongside Paul Rudd – that one’s due out in March.
Continue reading: Tin Fey Said To Be Eyeing Up Muppets Sequel Role
Rebel Wilson, the comedy actress currently starring in Pitch Perfect, will host the 2013 MTV Movie Awards, the network announced in a first look trailer on Thursday (December 20, 2012). Set to air on April 14, Wilson will become the first woman to host the event since Sarah Silverman emceed in 2007.
Female comedians are taking over next year's awards' ceremonies, with Amy Poehler and Tina Fey tasked with hosting the Golden Globes. The MTV Awards sometimes get it right with their hosts (Russell Brand, Andy Samberg, Sarah Silverman, Will Smith), though often get it very, very, wrong. Lindsay Lohan hosted in 2004, while Jessica Alba didn't exactly set the show alight in 2006. Anyway, Wilson - as the comedy actress of the moment - seems a pretty solid choice. The Australian played Brynn in the smash-hit Bridesmaids and went on to star in A Few Best Men, What To Expect When You're Expecting, and Pitch Perfect. She's currently writing a comedy named Super Fun for the ABC Network, and stars alongside Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson in the action-comedy Pain & Gain.
The 2012 MTV Movie Awards was held at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles in June. It was dominated by The Hunger Games, Twilight and Bridesmaids.
Continue reading: Pitch Perfect Star Rebel Wilson To Host MTV Movie Awards 2013
Last night's Saturday Night Live (Dec 15) could have gone very wrong indeed in lieu of recent events in America, but for a nation in mourning the one thing that America needed was a healthy dose of laughter and fortunately SNL brought the perfect amount on what could have been a very difficult night for the show.
With Fox pulling episodes of Family Guy and American Dad from the air in response to the shootings in Connecticut, it was thought that NBC might do the same with some of their more racy shows. However the writers at SNL showed us why they're so revered as they put on a show that was at first moving, before the hilarity began.
Rather than the usual comedic sketch to get things going, the show brought on the New York City Children's Chorus for an angelic rendition of 'Silent Night,' with particular emphasis the touching and poignant refrain, "Sleep in heavenly peace." For a show not regularly known for its delicate handling of sensitive subjects, they could hardly have started things off in a better way. Once the song was over though, the usual cry of "Live from New York, it's 'Saturday Night!'" rang from the children's mouths and the show began, with not a single other mention to the recent tragedy - and rightly so.
Excuse us while we jump up and down and squeal in a fangirl-ish manner. Fey and Poehler’s first promo for the Golden Globes has been released as well and it’s fairly safe to say that we’ll be enjoying the actresses’ trademark comedic chemistry. The pair have been working together on Saturday Night Live for a while now and creating some of the show’s most memorable sketches, so at least we know what to expect – “girl humor” at its finest.
Fay and Poehler are also both nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy Series - 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation, respectively. With the two competing in the same category, some reviewers are already wondering if tensions will be running high on show night. The phrase “Are you kidding?” comes to mind. It may be friendly competition, but, if at least one sketch in the show isn’t based on that, personally, we will be very disappointed. The Golden Globe Awards are set to air on January 13 on NBC, promising “Hollywood’s most unpredictable party of the year.” While that title is probably more suited to a Playboy Mansion binger, the award show certainly looks worth tuning in.
Continue reading: Golden Globe Hosts Announced: Tina Fey And Amy Poehler To Take The Stage
Portia Nathan is a prim and proper admissions officer for the prestigious Princeton University and finds herself living a consistent, routine life with rules and specifications that she is uncomfortable to veer from. During a visit to recruit possible admissions to the college, she calls at a rather unconventional countryside high school headed by John Pressman, a classmate of hers that she met when she was in college. While he is determined to steer Portia towards some rather gifted students of his, he also wants to introduce her to a boy named Jeremiah who he believes is a prodigy and also the he was the child that she gave up for adoption after an unplanned pregnancy in college. John and Portia find themselves falling for each other and while John is happy to let things take their course, Portia is adverse to the idea of romance but she soon finds her life moving towards the kind of happiness she never knew she could have while at the same time doing everything in her power to get her biological son to college - even if that means breaking rules to do so.
'Admission' is a wonderfully heart-warming romantic comedy directed by comedy genius Paul Weitz ('About a Boy', 'American Pie', 'Little Fockers') and written by Karen Croner ('One True Thing', 'Cold Sassy Tree') and novelist Jean Hanff Korelitz in her screenwriting debut. It is set for release on March 8th 2013.
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Tina Fey and Paul Rudd are two super-heavy weights in the contemporary American comedy scene, so with the prospect of a movie starring the two of them we expect to be the biggest barrell of laughs around. However, despite being billed as a dramatic comedy, the trailer implies that Admission will be much more of an emotional venture than we'd ever expect.
Fey plays Portia, an admissions officer at the Ivy League university, Princeton. On a standard admissions trip she bumps into her old classmate, played by Paul Rudd and is painfully thrust into a situation that forces her to confront some ancient secrets from her own life. Though light hearted, the film certainly deals with some heavy topics, such as single-parenthood and parenthood itself, so despite the incredibly funny cast, it looks as though this movie could render as many laughs as tears. Fey seems more than comfortable in the change of role and Rudd has always been a bit of a dramedy chameleon, so while the trailer doesn't look to light up our lives with extraordinary cinematic originality, it certainly wont be a flop.
Admission is directed by Paul Weitz, who's responsible for About A Boy (another dramedy) and also features Lily Tomlin, Gloria Reuben and Michael Sheen. It opens in US cinemas on March 8th next year, but will be reaching the UK much sooner- December 21st.
Continue reading: Tina Fey And Paul Rudd In Admission, Comedy Or Drama?
Last night (October 22, 2012), Ellen Degeneres, 54, was awarded the 15th Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
Her wife, the actress Portia DeRossi, was one of the first to congratulate Ellen and told reporters on the red carpet “I am very, very proud of Ellen. She's not only the funniest person I know, but she's such a good person.” She added, affectionately “I really like those little moments that only I recognize as her being her true self, when I can see she's being vulnerable.”
Portia wasn’t the only star to attend the bash at the John F Kennedy Centre for Performing Arts. The Will & Grace actor Sean Hayes said “like to think that Ellen made Will & Grace possible. And Will & Grace made it possible for Modern Family. (DeGeneres') fearlessness was her contribution and it continues to be.” The Glee star Jane Lynch said “She's the one who went in with the machete and did it all by herself,” whilst the singer Jason Mraz referred to DeGeneres as his “favorite aunt,” USA Today have reported.
Continue reading: Ellen Degeneres Wins 15th Mark Twain Award For American Humor
How does Ricky Gervais feel about Amy Poehler and Tina Fey hosting the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards next year? Ricky has hosted the awards for the last three years, getting himself in a fair amount of hot water along the way, it has to be said but now he’s handing the reins over and – in true Gervais style – he’s made a few barbed comments, mainly aimed at E! for failing to include him in the annual Golden Globes best dressed list.
In a statement he gave exclusively to Entertainment Weekly, Gervais said “Good luck to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the Golden Globes. After failing three years in a row to make E! Channel’s Best Dressed list, I decided to hand over the reins,” said Gervais, adding, “Let me know if you run out of Scientology gags.” Gervais became known for sailing a little too close to the wind during his Golden Globes hosting stints. His 2011 opening monologue, for example, went like this: It's going to be a night of partying and heavy drinking. Or as Charlie Sheen calls it – breakfast. Wow, so let's get this straight, so what he did was, he picked up a porn star, paid her to have dinner with him, introduced her to his ex-wife – as you do – went to a hotel, got drunk, got naked, trashed the place while she was locked in a cupboard, and that was a Monday. What does he do New Year's Eve?” And it didn’t really let up from thereon in. Is he genuinely angry about losing the job though, or just having fun?
On Monday (October 15, 2012), NBC announced that Fey and Poehler would take on presenting duties, with their “unparalleled comedic timing” cited as the reason for landing the job.
Our shocked laughs had all eventually been turned down to a gentle titter over three years of Ricky Gervais' Golden Globes, and the British comic and some-would-say actor has finally been given the year off from heckling his own audience for the 2013 Golden Globe Awards. In his place, Sky News are reporting that the role is to be split between co-hosts, with two of the funniest comic actresses on the planet at the moment taking over the reins.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have been announced as the hosts for the 2013 event by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Fey has been winning over fans sine 2006 for her role on the hugely successful comedy '30 Rock', whilst Poehler has come into real acclaim as part of the cast on 'Parks and Recreation'. The Globes is traditionally one of the biggest awards shows of the spring heading into the Oscars, with many of its winners going on to find success at the Academy. As such, hosting is sure to give them a further profile boost even beyond their current popularity.
When the Globes asked Gervais to host in 2010, it marked the first time the event had had a compere since 1995. Given his outrageous success in the role though, it looks like it'll be a position around for a while to come.
Just two weeks since her original comedy 'Girls' won an Emmy, having been nominated for five (which is, in itself a fantastic accolade), Lena Denham has now signed a deal with Random House Publishing worth $3.5m for a self-help book entitled "Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's Learned".
Dunham had sent a 66 page proposal to a range of publishers, so reports The Guardian. The proposal was filled with illustrations to her humorous essay ideas that has already been compared to Tina Fey's "Bossypants". The Editor-in-Chief of Random House, Susan Kamil, said of the young writer: "We're thrilled to welcome Lena to Random House. Her skill on the page as a writer is remarkable-fresh, wise, so assured. She is that rare literary talent that will only grow from strength to strength and we look forward to helping her build a long career as an author."
Dunham's choice in both literary agent- Kim Witherspoon- and subsequently of Random House could not be better decisions. Witherspoon set up her own agency at the age of 26 (the same age the Dunham is now) and has gone from strength to strength, now representing Lionel Shriver and Sophie Kinsella. Plus, Random House is one of- if not the - biggest publishing house in the world, with subsidiaries such as HarperCollins, Penguin and Vintage in their portfolio.
Continue reading: Lena Denham, Writer Of Girls, Signs $3.5m Book Deal With Random House
Alec Baldwin has allegedly told bosses on the hit comedy series 30 Rock that he is happy to take a 20% pay cut in order to keep the show on air, revealing the news on his Twitter.
Back in May this year, bosses at NBC announced that the upcoming series of the show would be its last, also announcing that it would cut down the number of episodes from 22 to only 13. Alec's alleged pay cut suggestion was apparently not taken on board with network bosses, who decided to cut their losses and cancel the show despite the large following it has developed over its seven seasons on air.
The show was created by US comedienne Tina Fey back in 2006, inspired by her time as head writer for the long running Saturday Night Live. The show follows the daily running of the fictional comedy show TGS With Tracy Jordan, played by Tracy Morgan as the fictional show's host.
Continue reading: Alec Baldwin Happy To Take Pay Cut On '30 Rock'
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